A stay in Pittsburgh, PA, also known as the Steel City, gives you a chance to visit many of the best attractions the city has to offer. Your downtown Pittsburgh accommodations at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Suites, one of the best hotel in Pittsburgh, can supplement your visit by allowing you to take in many of the cultural, shopping and festive points of interest in the city.
Here is a look at what is in store for you when visiting Pittsburgh. A few of the can’t miss attractions include the Pittsburgh International JazzLive Festival, the annual St Patrick’s Day parade and festivities, PGA U.S. Open Tournament, Three Rivers Arts Festival, the Three Rivers Regatta, a visit to The Andy Warhol Museum, Mr. Rogers’ Memorial Statue, shopping at Market Square, Pittsburgh’s Cultural District and the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh.
One of the premier jazz concerts series in the country takes place in Pittsburgh. The Pittsburgh International JazzLive Festival has brought to town each summer for the past 5 years some of the best jazz musicians in the world today. The scheduled dates for this year’s festival are June 24-26th. Last year’s festival, which took place in Pittsburgh’s Cultural District located downtown (and within walking distance of your downtown Pittsburgh accommodations) featured 1970s recording stars the Average White Band, the Christian McBride Trio, and Bebel Gilberto among other artists.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade
The St. Patrick’s Day parade has been a fixture of the city for 147 years, dating back to 1869. The parade begins at 10:00 am, March 12th, originating at the Greyhound Bus Station on Liberty Avenue and 11th Street down through the Boulevard of Allies in downtown Pittsburgh and ending at Commonwealth Place. Events associated with this year’s event include the crowning of the 50th annual Miss Smiling Irish Eyes and the unveiling of her court. There will be plenty of pageantry, including floats, marching bands and plenty of Irish green lining the parade route.
2016 U.S. Open Tournament at Oakmont Country Club
If you enjoy watching professional golf up close, you will have an opportunity to experience the PGA’s 2016 U.S. Open Tournament at Oakmont Country Club. This will be ninth time this event has been held at Oakmont, the last such tournament being hosted at the club in 2007. The challenging 6,921-yard Par 71 course will test the abilities of some of the best golfers in the world, come June 13th – 19th. Oakmont Country Club, located in Oakmont, PA, is merely 23 minutes north of downtown Pittsburgh.
Three Rivers Arts Fest
The Three Rivers Arts Festival, sponsored by Dollar Bank, is scheduled to take place this year on June 3-12. The festival has been a fixture of Pittsburgh’s arts celebration since 1960. The event, located the convergence of the city’s three rivers in Point State Park (in Pittsburgh’s Cultural District) features displays of visual and performance arts from artists and performers that are both local and national.
Three Rivers Regatta
The EQT Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta promotes the safe use of public waterways through a three-day festival of music, fun and boating exhibitions. The Regatta will be held in Point State Park in the Cultural District of the city. The Regatta will provide several stages for entertainment from local bands and performers. The event, held in June, will also provide food trucks under the 6th Street Bridge offering a variety of food options and gives festival goers an opportunity to perhaps take in a Pirates game at PNC Park located in the North Shore.
The Andy Warhol Museum
No visit to Pittsburgh would be complete without a visit to the museum featuring the iconic works of world renowned and Pittsburgh native artist Andy Warhol. The Andy Warhol Museum, which first opened its doors in 1994, is located at 117 Sandusky Street, just over the Andy Warhol Bridge near PNC Park and downtown Pittsburgh.
Mr. Rogers’ Memorial Statue
Fred Rogers, known affectionately to kids and adults for years as television’s Mister Rogers, has been given a statue in Pittsburgh’s North Shore State Park in downtown. The 11-foot bronze statue posed in Mister Rogers famous scene from his television show depicting him taking off his shoes as he had done for 33 years while entertaining millions. A Pittsburgh native and lifelong resident, whose show was broadcast from local station WQED, the memorial, is a fitting tribute to the person who made the world a beautiful place in the neighborhood.
The Market Square located in downtown Pittsburgh is a 145-year old historic spot. The square features restaurants, pubs and a farmer’s market. The Market Square provides an eclectic mix of old and new, such as the Oyster House restaurant, which was opened in 1871.
Pittsburgh Cultural District
Pittsburgh’s Cultural District is a fourteen-block area in downtown that is the epicenter of music, performing and visual arts and other cultural offerings in the city. Within the district you can find the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Opera, Symphony Orchestra, and other cultural district organizations that give you access to the fine arts offered by the city.
Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh
The Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh consist of four distinct museum spaces: The Carnegie Museum of Art; Carnegie Museum of Natural History; Carnegie Science Center; and, the aforementioned Andy Warhol Museum. The Carnegie Museums offer distinct and unique collections of arts, historical artifacts and demonstrations of technology and innovation. Your visit to Pittsburgh will be complete when you make a trip to any of these museums.
No matter which attractions to you choose to visit during your time in Pittsburgh, make sure you book your hotel accommodations at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Suites Pittsburgh Downtown. It’s convenient location will make getting around the city easy. Enjoy their luxury guest rooms as you unwind after a day of enjoying what the city has to offer.